Latest Stories

Inside Out

It’s all in your head


Thank you, Dr. Eric Braverman, MD, author of “Younger You.”  Finally, we have found the road to the fountain of youth.

A whole is made up of parts.  And every part contributes to the whole.  According to this good doctor’s thinking, illness is never a single and separate issue, because all diseases are associated with other ailing parts of the body.

Called the domino effect, it simply states that if sickness begins in the brain, then it can make the body sick.  But the reverse is also true—if it starts in the body, it can make the brain sick.  Now, here is the crux of the matter.

Any disease is a signal that you have an aging organ.  And this organ sends signals to the rest of your body with bad news.  Example:  You are a diabetic.  But there is a possibility that other body parts are also failing.  High blood sugar levels can damage circulation, eyesight, the kidneys, heart, skin and nervous system.  Worse, your brain’s nervous system is also compromised, causing weight gain.  But there is good news for all of us.


Breaking aging barriers

Then, people wished only for a long life.  Now, this wish has been modified—to live long, healthy and productively.  Have you heard?  Fifty is the new 35.  Now here’s the exciting truth—with a good lifestyle, 85 could be the new 60!

Focus on the brain, and what it requires to keep the body going beyond traditional expectations.  This comes with a full understanding of what’s going on inside the body, how the brain functions and how it is so intricately connected to the body.

There isn’t just menopause and andropause.  There are other “pauses” we all need to study—a total of 11.

Andropause: the start of hormone loss in men

Menopause: the start of hormone loss for women

Biopause: the beginning of the loss of brain chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters

Cardiopause: the increase of heart rate, while heart pumping efficiency decreases

Electropause: the loss of brain-processing speed

Dermatopause: the loss of skin collagen and elasticity

Osteopause: when bones loss their density and become brittle

Vasculopause: when blood vessels exhibit decreased diameter

Thyropause: the weakening of the thyroid

Immunopause: compromised immune system

Somatopause: the loss of muscle strength, mass and tone

It is a relief to know that our body parts do not “pause” simultaneously.  So, the key to reversing a condition of an aging organ is to identify it from the very onset. There are “fixes” that can prevent us all from becoming the medical fate of our inherited DNA.

If we study our DNA (the genetic blueprint handed down to us by our ancestors), then we can work with the single most important organ that controls health—the brain.

This science tells us that disease can be traced to a brain disorder.

For example, Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be traced to an anxiety disorder;  fibromyalgia could be the result of serotonin deficiency; dementia may very well be undiagnosed depression; carbohydrate cravings/addiction may indicate dopamine imbalance.


Mind over matter

Remember this truth:  The brain controls the body.

Four functions:

Voltage: Brain intensity determines metabolism, digestion, states of consciousness, sleep, emotional choices and decisions.  Neurotransmitter: dopamine

Speed: how fast you think and process information. Increasing brain speed improves memory, IQ, attention and behavior.  Neurotransmitter: acetylcholine

Rhythm: balance between the two brain hemispheres; ensures a smooth flow of electricity; rules the managing of life challenges and stresses and pain management.  Neurotransmitter:  GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)

Synchrony: the wave-like movement of electricity through the brain.  When there is imbalance you could experience fears and depression. Neurotransmitter: serotonin

Each of these biochemicals, when diminished, is the age accelerators of the body:

Dopamine—fatigue, obesity, addiction

Acetylcholine—Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, learning problems

GABA—pain, anxiety, mood swings and changes

Serotonin—sleep disorders, depression, fears

Hormone production of HGH (human growth hormone), testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, dhea, thyroid, insulin, parathyroid, calcitonin and erythropoietin all decrease from age 30-70.  But by boosting what the brain needs, one can delay the aging clock.

Consider the following:

1. Natural hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones—natural plant-based hormones that are non-cancerous

2. Nutritional supplements.  Increase vitamin-rich foods by adding more greens and fruits, supplement with vitamins and minerals, including zinc, fish oils, omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Go rainbow. Choose a wide range of colorful foods.

4. Exercise. Moving your body in a repeated routine reverses aging.

Trivia:  Raise the fire within you.  Exercise increases dopamine. The more dopamine, the greater the desire to exercise.  When you exercise, your body feels and knows it is alive.

Affirm today: “I am alive!”

Love and light.

Reference:  National Bookstore Health and Wellness

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Andropause , Biopause , Brain , Cardiopause , Electropause , Emotional Health , menopause , mental health , Mind & Body , Osteopause , Serotonin , Vasculopause

  • WeAry_Bat

    5. Spend time with family. 

    For me, it’s playing and feeding baby girl: “This is love!”

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council